In October our quilt guild had a program on using old denim blue jeans to make Christmas stockings. They were so cute and looked easy to make so I decided to make them for our whole family and hang them on our fireplace this Christmas. This first one is the one I made for John...guess it was the prototype for all the rest.
I didn't use the pattern that we were given as I wanted my stockings a little larger so I just drew it a little larger. We have lots of worn out denim blue jeans so had the fabric needed for the base of the stockings.
This post will be the first part of tutorial on how I made them, the next part two on how to make the stocking and then follow up posts will be some of the tips and tricks I learned as I was making them.
The front side of the stocking is cut from the top of the jeans using the waistband for the very top. I varied where I placed my pattern to make all the stockings look different.
I laid the pattern on one side of the jeans where I thought it would work the best. Since the jeans are not flat pieces of fabric I flipped the jeans over to make sure the pattern would fit as shown in the photo below.
Trace around the pattern on the one side of the blue jeans and cut that first part out so you can open it up and lay it flat to finish the tracing and cutting.
Here is one stocking front base...next is to decorate it.
I stitched on the inside of each fused shape with a buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine. I did flip it over and trimmed the edges of the fused fabric even with the denim.
Update: Here are the links to all the stocking blog posts.
Part 1 Christmas Stocking Fun
Part 2 Christmas Stocking Fun Part 2
Part 3 Christmas Stocking Tips
Part 4 Denim Jeans Christmas Stockings
Part 5 More Stocking Hints And Observations
Part 6 Two More Christmas Stockings
Part 7 Hanging The Stockings
Part 8 More Stockings To Show
Part 9 Another Jeans Stocking For The Fireplace
Part 10 Pattern
This is super-cute! I can't wait to see the rest of the tutorials - thanks for sharing :-)
Very cute. Are you having a Western themed Christmas this year?
Oh Lynn - that blue jean stocking is brilliant!!!
What a clever idea! Can't wait to see the next post. Have a great Sunday afternoon!
I'm creating a short cut to come back and hear the rest of the directions and tips. My grandson is in need of a new stocking now that he is nearly two...the babyish one I made him his first Chirstmas can be handed down to baby brother. His name is Levi, so I will be looking for a pair of Levi's to make his! Thanks for this great idea!
That idea is just too cute. I want to try it--but I just gave away all my old jeans since I moved. Ack! I'm bookmarking this for future reference.
That is so cute, just love it and what a great idea!...your's look fabulous
I love this! Perfect for a Texas Christmas! :)
What a super cute idea! These would be great for a farm/ranch family Christmas.
I've just popped over from Sew Many Ways - and am so glad I did! Thank you SO much for the tutorial - this denim stocking is the cutest I've ever seen!!!
Warm wishes! Vikki x
das ist einfach nur schick.
LG von Ines
Love it. And featured it on my lens about lovely crafts:
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This is great. It is a wonderful way to memorialize a loved one by using fabric once worn by them. Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks as well as the original directions.
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I love these...do you have a template for the stocking?
il est superbe ce bas c'est une superbe idée bravo bisous sandrine
thank you for sharing from Italy... taced
Hi Lynn! My name is Melissa and I'm the editor for FaveCrafts.com.
What an adorable stocking! I'd love to publish this craft on FaveCrafts. I think our readers would love it! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Thanks and have a great day!
Thanks for your post....I went to FaveCrafts.com and signed up! Fabulous site!
My hall bathroom is decorated in bluejeans. So I am going to make one of these to hang on the door. I love it alot!!
Thanks for sharing! Super cool idea.
I recently ran across your jeans stocking. I am going to make one (I hope in a couple of days) I got the sock cut out today.
Thank you for a terrific idea.
I have to find a different product than my heat and bond super as this would not sew through on the sewing machine. Will need to wait now until tommow or Friday.
Did I read you did not do seams just did a 1/4 stitching up the sides? Rather then placing right sides together and stitching.
Love your denim stockings!!! A great way to reuse pre-loved jeans.
This is a great idea! Featured it in my jeans round up :-)
So cute! I don't have any old jeans in the house but I now have the sudden urge to go to goodwill and buy some. Love the red toe and foot!
Monkeyneedle - you are a no reply blogger so can't reply to you personally through email. I am going to hang the ones I made for my family tomorrow and am looking forward to filling them too! Have fun if you to find some jeans.
Where can I get the template for the stocking?
That is so cool and is really amazing too. I would have never thought of making a Christmas stocking out of an old pair of jeans. I mean you could even do this for a baby Christmas stocking too. That would be so cute and would just be so perfect.
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Love this idea. We have a large tub of outgrown jeans....
We are a cowboy boot family. Need to design one of these in the shape of a cowboy boot. That would be so cool. Use the guys or little kids old Wrangler to do it.
This is Superb. You always inspire me to try new things with my clothing.
I used fabric from our deceased mom's jeans and added ribbons and her pins and earrings as bling! I used rick rack and ribbon instead of embroidery. The stockings turned out amazing!! I can email pics if you want!
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